La La Lessons - Secrets, tricks, and strategies to playing your song via Skype
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Learn how to play that song - at your ability!
It's hard to figure out how to play a song well. There are all sorts of shortcuts that can make it a lot easier!
I offer Skype lessons to select students who contact me, often after watching one of my YouTube videos. In many of them I show several ways to play a song, depending on experience and technical abilities. The main thing I do is find a way to play a song musically -- play it in time with notes that make it sound "like the song" so that people really know what you're playing!
For more advanced students, I can take it further and talk about what's going on, such as what the chords are, good strategies for fingering, etc. My lessons cover a wide range of topics -- from classical to jazz, pop to salsa, theory to writing.
Let's set up a Skype session! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for current rates and availability.
What's in a piano lesson? You might think it's all about scales, repetition, and classical music. It certainly can be about classical music, but it might also be understanding how to put chords together for songwriting. It could be how to play the latest Ed Sheeran song, jamming on a classic by Stevie Wonder, or learning how jazz chords work. It could be about learning salsa music or gospel!
In fact, I often like to call my meetings Sessions. I find terms like "Lessons", "Recital", and even "Teach" full of baggage and not always accurate. I often learn nearly as much from my students as they do from me! Especially with older students, I find that sessions are often more about exploration and exchanging ideas than they are about "Do what I tell you to do".
I often make arrangements of songs for my students. It's not easy to find a version of a song that sounds like the song and can be played! Often the music I find online is too hard, too easy, or doesn't really sound "like the song". I listen to the song and make sheet music that fits the skills of my students, pushing musically but still playable.
This also allows us to play songs that may not have sheet music, such as EDM tracks. I've created pop, rock, gospel, jazz, and many other types of arrangements. Many of my younger (and not-so-young) students love to play current hits for their friends!
What makes my piano Meetings special?